Courses for Beginners

Photo for Our Certificates Page studentOur courses for Beginners are suitable for anyone who is looking to learn the essential beginner level skills in cake baking, cake decorating and working with chocolate.

Below we have listed our beginner level courses in a recommended order so that you can build up your sugarcraft skills in logical way, you can take them in this order or select just the ones you are interested in. If you would like some help working out where you should begin please contact us.

If you have specific dates in mind that do not fit our scheduled group classes or you prefer to learn on a 'one to one' basis, private tuition is also available.

Payment for the course fee can be made in full at the time that you make your booking or you can secure your place with a £50 deposit (£100 for the Fast Track - 5 Day) and agree an arrangement to pay the remaining balance that suits your budget. Places on each course are limited to 7 students.


Our popular 'Fast Track - Combined Courses' option is ideal for those who wish to learn and practice all the essential beginner level sugarcraft skills in a concentrated space of time, many students who are travelling a distance or from overseas prefer to book this option. There is accommodation nearby.

This 5 day course is a perfect place to begin especially if you are considering progressing onto our PME Professional Diploma & Masters Certificate courses.

Fast Track for Beginners - (Certificate) - £395 (5 Days/30 hours)

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Day 1 - Introduction to Sponge Cake Covering & Teddybear Character

Day 2 - Introduction to Fruit Cake Covering & Simple Designs

Day 3 - Introduction to Character Modelling Skills - Scarecrow Character

Day 4 - Introduction to Royal Icing Skills - The Basics

Day 5 - Introduction to Wired Sugar Flower Skills

If you prefer you can select and book day(s) of this course if there are only certain skill areas that you would like to focus on. The 'One Day' workshop dates available are listed further down this page, if you have any questions please contact us.


Monday 1st May to Friday 5th May (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow

Monday 24th July to Friday 28th July (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 4 PLACES!booknow

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Monday 11th Sept to Friday 15th Sept (10.15am - 4.15pm) - PLACES!




Alternatively, you can take your training over a period of time by selecting from our range of short workshops, evening courses and one day workshops which focus on specific skill areas.

Below we have listed our 'Beginner Level' courses in a recommended order so that you can build up your baking and cake decorating skills in logical way. You can take them in this order or select just the ones you are interested in. If you would like some help working out where you should begin please contact us.




NEW - Beginners to Sugarcraft - 5 Week (Evening) Course - £155 (10 hours)

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Introducing our short 5 week (evening) course that we have put together for those who want to learn the basics.

It is an ideal starting point for a complete beginner or for those self taught and fairly new to the craft.

Learn, practice and develop the essential beginner level skills that you need when covering cakes, modelling characters, making wired sugar flowers & working with Royal Icing.

Tuesday 19th September to 17th October (7.30pm - 9.30pm) - PLACES!booknow



If you are not local or are unable to attend evening classes, we offer our Beginner Classes as 'One Day Workshops', these are scheduled during the weekdays and at weekends.  There are many more beginner skills to learn, take a look at what we have to offer, all the details are listed below..




Cake Baking Skills for Beginners - The Basics (Certificate) - £120 (6 hours)

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Master the art of successful sponge cake baking and make a variety of our favourite traditional cake recipes: Victoria Sandwich filled with freshly whipped cream & jam, Lemon Maderia topped with a delicious Lemon Sugar Syrup, Rich Chocolate cake finished with Belgian Chocolate Ganache & Sticky Toffee cupcakes with salted caramel frosting.

An 'ALL INCLUSIVE', hands on, fun packed day of baking perfect for those who have not baked much before or are not happy with their home baking results. Everything you make together with recipe cards will be packaged ready for you to take home.

If you are a more experienced baker take a look at our 'Free From' Cake Baking Skills' Workshop.

Saturday 6th May (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow



Introduction to Gum Paste & Fondant - Wilton Method Course 3 - £150 (8 hours)

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This is an 8 hour certificate course where you will learn how to work successfully with fondant (sugarpaste) and gum paste (flower paste). From covering your cakes, cutting shapes and painting on fondant to making unwired flowers like Calla Lilies, Roses and Carnations, you will learn all the basics.

This is a perfect all round course for complete beginners who would like to learn the basics before progressing onto our classes that require 'some cake decorating experience', it will also give you the pre-requisite skills you require to be able to progress onto our PME Sugarpaste Diploma.

Included is a Wilton Course 3 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course. For inspirational pictures and more information on what you will learn please click here.


Sunday (One Day) - 30th April (9am - 5pm) - FULLY BOOKED!fullybooked

Thursday (One Day) - 31st August (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Sunday (One Day) - 10th September (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Sunday (One Day) - 22nd October (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!  booknow

Sunday (One Day) - 12th November (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!  booknow



Sponge Cake Covering & Character Modelling Skills (Certificate)

- £95 (6 hours)

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Does covering a sponge cake in sugarpaste leave you frustrated and dissatisfied with the end result or are you just not confident with sugarpaste and like to leave your cakes in their 'naked' state?

If this sounds like you then why not enrol on this 'back to basics' workshop. Using a real cake, we will guide you through the careful preparation needed before your cake is ready to be professionally covered in sugarpaste, sharing our tips and techniques along the way.

There is a choice between a fast paced 2 1/2 hour evening workshop where the focus is on covering a sponge cake to a professional standard or our One Day Workshop which goes into more detail and you will also learn how to make modelling paste and create this cute teddybear character to sit proudly on top of your freshly coated cake.

After achieving either of these cake covering skills classes you will have the necessary pre-requisite skills to progress onto our PME Sugarpaste Diploma.

Monday 1st May (10.15am - 4.15pm) - (Bank Holiday) - 2 PLACES!booknow

Saturday 3rd June (10am - 4pm) - 4 PLACES!booknow

Saturday 8th July (10am - 4pm) - PLACES!booknow

Saturday 12th August (10am - 4pm) - PLACES!booknow

Saturday 14th October (10am - 4pm) - PLACES!booknow



Fruit Cake Covering & Simple Designs (Certificate) - £95 (6 hours)

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Spring CakeA technical workshop where we will teach you the art of preparing a rich fruit cake, cover it with marzipan and then sugarpaste to a perfect, professional standard. You will learn how to use new and traditional tools to crimp, emboss, texture, sheen, colour and shape sugarpaste to create simple designs to complete your cake ready to box and take home.


After achieving this cake covering skills class you will have the necessary pre-requisite skills to progress onto our PME Sugarpaste Diploma.


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Tuesday 2nd May (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow

Please contact us for further dates & details.




Ganache Coating & Sharp Sugarpaste Edges - £65 (4 hours) or £95 (6 hours)

                                

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This is a technical workshop suitable for those who have some cake covering experience where you will learn the art splitting, filling and coating a sponge cake (using real cakes not dummies) using ganache.

Once set you will learn how to achieve perfect sharp iced edges when covering the cake using sugarpaste. As a finishing touch on our 6 hour - one day course you will dress the cake with a hand made edible bow.


Sunday 7th May (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow

Tuesday 4th & 11th July (7.30pm - 9.30pm) - PLACES!booknow

Sunday 30th July (10.15am - 4.15pm) - PLACES!booknow

Saturday 17th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - PLACES!booknow



Introduction to Royal Icing - The Basics (Certificate) - £95 - (6 hours)


royal icing the basicsIf you are thinking that making royal icing and using a piping bag are skills beyond your capabilities then this course is for you. We will guide you through the process of making the perfect consistency royal icing for piping dots, pearls & lines, script and brush embroidery. During the course you will have the opportunity to practice these techniques, creating your own piped designs on a dummy cake under our expert tuition. We are sure you will finish this course with another professional skill set to add to your repertoire.

Once you have attended this course you can feel confident that you have the necessary skills to attend our PME Royal Icing Diploma Course.

As an alternative to this workshop you may wish to consider our more intensive The Wilton Method - Course 2 - Royal Icing Flowers & Cake Design.

Thursday 4th May (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow

Please contact us for further dates & details.


Building Buttercream Skills - Wilton Method Course 1 - £150 (8 hours)

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This is an 8 hour certificate course where you will master the art of working successfully with buttercream. You will learn how to decorate cakes and sweet treats with basic buttercream techniques and six simple to pipe flowers that transform ordinary cakes and cupcakes into extraordinary results.

Included is a Wilton Course 1 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course.

For inspirational pictures and more information about what you will learn please click here.

Saturday (One Day) - 29th April (9am - 5pm) - FULLY BOOKED!fullybooked

Saturday (One Day) - 27th May (9am - 5pm) - Bank Hol Weekend - 1 PLACE!booknow 

Tuesday (One Day) - 29th August (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Friday (One Day) - 8th September (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Friday (One Day) - 20th October (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Friday (One Day) - 10th November (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow


If you would prefer a shorter, less intensive class, take a look at our Contemporary Buttercream One Day Workshop.




Royal Icing Skills - Flowers & Cake Design - Wilton Method Course 2 - £150 (8 hours)

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An 8 hour certificate course where you will learn how to create professional-looking flowers and designs made from royal icing. You will develop core skills to make many varieties of flowers, such as rosebuds, pansies, lilies and The Wilton Rose. You may find it useful to achieve Wilton Method Course 1 to gain some piping skills before enrolling on this course but this is not a requirement.

Included is a Wilton Course 2 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course.

For inspirational pictures and more information about what you will learn please click here.

Once you have attended this course you can feel confident that you have the necessary skills to progress onto our PME Royal Icing Diploma Course.

Sunday (One Day) - 28th May (9am - 5pm) - Bank Hol Weekend - 2 PLACES!booknow

Wednesday (One Day) - 30th August (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Saturday (One Day) - 9th September (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Saturday (One Day) - 21st October (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow

Saturday (One Day) - 11th November (9am - 5pm) - PLACES!booknow




Introduction to Wired Sugar Flower Skills (Certificate) - £95 (6 hours) 

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Once you have attended this course you will have the necessary skills to progress onto our PME Sugar Flowers Diploma.


Friday 5th May (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 1 PLACE!booknow

Saturday 1st July (10am - 4pm) - 4 PLACES!booknow

Friday 28th July (10.15am - 4.15pm) - FULLY BOOKED!fullybooked

Saturday 2nd September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - PLACES!booknow

Friday 15th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - FULLY BOOKED!fullybooked



Introduction to Character Modelling Skills (Certificate) - £95 (6 hours) 

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An intensive, technical workshop where you will learn the intricate modelling skills needed to create this fun, freestanding, fully dressed scarecrow character using sugarpaste. From Jackets & boots to the minutest details buttons, hair, hands, fingers & feet. You wil learn much about what you need to know to make your characters come alive.




Wednesday 3rd May (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 2 PLACES!booknow 

Wednesday 26th July (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 1 PLACE!booknow 

Wednesday 13th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 1 PLACE!booknow 



'Free From' Sponge Cake Baking Skills - The Basics (Certificate) - £120 (6 hours)

There is an iBakingSkills4ncreasing demand for 'Free From' cakes without compromising on taste and texture. Join this masterclass and learn all about using 'easy to find' gluten free, dairy free and egg free ingredients.

With a lot of research and testing we have put together a variety of our favourite, delicious tasting sponge cakes, fillings & toppings to share with you. These include: Gluten Free Coconut Cake filled with raspberry jam, Vegan Chocolate Cake topped with a delicious Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache, Vegan Carrot Cake with Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting, Gluten Free Cupcakes with Dairy Free Buttercream Frosting.

An 'ALL INCLUSIVE', hands on, fun packed day of baking. Everything you make together with recipe cards will be packaged ready for you to take home and of course there will be enough cake to sample with a cup of tea whilst you are with us.

For those who are new to baking, we also offer a 'Cake Baking Skills for Beginners' Workshop.

Saturday 3rd June (10.15am - 4.15pm) - 3 PLACES!booknow

Saturday 16th September (10.15am - 4.15pm) - PLACES!booknow



Working Successfully with Chocolate - 2 Day Intensive - £275 (14 hours)

chocolateskills2805201620170226 185538This certificate course is a 2 day (all inclusive) technical workshop perfect for those who wish to learn the art of working successfully with chocolate.

Hannah Collison who trained at Barry Callebaut and with Mark tilling will help you master the skills to temper chocolate using different methods, how to make, flavour, colour and use dark and white chocolate ganache to coat cakes and as fillings for hand made chocolates, how to work with professional chocolate moulds, making chocolate shards, mirror glazes, piping with chocolate and more.. You will create this stunning cake design and make your own range of delicious tasting chocolates using the finest belgian ingredients.

Places are limited to 6 students. A comprehensive set of notes will be given to you and everything that you make and don't eat! will be packaged for you to take home.

To get the most out of this workshop you will need to have some previous experience covering and decorating cakes.


Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th October (10.00am - 5.00pm) - 4 PLACES!booknow


What can I study next?

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Once you feel confident with the basics, if you wish, you can progress onto some of our more advanced classes such as the PME Professional Diploma & Masters Certificate Courses which are internationally recognised.

We also offer a range of short and one/two day workshops where you can learn skills such as cake scuplting, working with cake lace, painting on cakes, making cake pops..

If you would like any more information or help choosing your next course(s) please do contact us.


 

 

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